In Blairgowrie take the A93 up to Bridge of Cally. Turn left onto the A924. The road meanders through the Strathardle Valley up to the picturesque village of Kirkmichael. Leaving Kirkmichael the road climbs trough rolling hills then descends to Pitlochry. You will pass a sign for Edradour, the smallest distillery in Scotland. Make the detour for a friendly guided tour and sample a ‘wee dram’ of its unique malt.
You could enjoy strolling trough the colourful streets of Pitlochry and visiting the Power Station and Dam, one of nine hydro stations in the Tummel Valley.
Take the A9 north out of Pitlochry and after a few miles watch for the left hand sign to The Queen’s View. This viewing point over Loch Tummel was a favourite spot of Queen Victoria. Decide whether to go on and complete the circular route down the B846 to Aberfeldy, or alternatively drive back to the A9 and head further north to the Pass of Killiecrankie where the first shots of the Jacobite uprising were fired in 1689. The wooded gorge is a famous beauty spot and there are lovely walks here.
Moving on up the A9 you come to Blair Castle – a magnificent turreted baronial castle, home to the Duke of Atholl. The castle has 32 rooms and each is a treasure trove of porcelain, furniture, paintings etc. (The Atholl family NEVER threw anything away).
Continue now a few miles up the road to the House of Bruar for some retail therapy (great Cashmere/not cheap though). Or walk up the hill to the Falls of Bruar. A path takes you from the car park up the west bank of the river to spectacular views of the gorge and upper falls. The path is steep, but you are following the footsteps of Queen Victoria, William Wordsworth, Robert Burns and William Turner. All of whom were lavish in their praise of the falls.
Return to Alyth via Pitlochry and Dunkeld on the A9. From Dunkled take the A923 to Blairgowrie and the A926 towards Kirriemuir.
(Route approximately 80-120 miles / 128-193 km)